Earlier this week, the NBA named the All-Star game reserves. There were many deserving players who made the team and Chicago Bulls‘ Joakim Noah was one of them. Noah is the only Bulls player to be named to the All-Star game and he has earned it.
This is Noah’s second-straight All-Star invitation to the Eastern Conference team. Noah is very excited and is earning the respect around the league for his play. He says it’s an honor and humbling experience to be recognized as an All-Star. He is not taking it for granted and it wasn’t a priority, but he really appreciates it. He does have a guy in his corner who says this should have been a no-brainer. That would be his coach, Tom Thibodeau, who believes there are not too many centers who have the responsibilities Noah carries.
Noah has become the de facto leader of the Bulls this season. He stepped in that role when the Bulls’ best player, Derrick Rose, went down for the season with another knee injury. The Bulls struggled very badly once Rose went down and the team needed a jolt of energy. Enter Noah, who took on the role as leader, on and off the court. Then they traded another leader in Luol Deng, so Noah had no choice to step his play up. He has done that and more to keep the Bulls relevant and in the playoffs race. They finished the month of January with an 11-4 record and Noah was the main key to that surge.
This is a great achievement for the Bulls’ organization and Noah in particular. It just shows that his hard work and dedication to his craft is paying dividends. He will represent the Bulls proudly at All-Star weekend.